Baker jazz festival set for today, Friday
The 11th annual Baker University Jazz Festival, highlighted by a performance from the Baker Jazz Band, is set for today and Friday at Rice Auditorium on the Baldwin City campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The Baker Jazz Band, directed by J.D. Parr, professor of music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Barb Catlin, a pianist and jazz educator from Phoenix, will be the guest artist. As professor of jazz studies at Mesa Community College, Catlin has performed with such artists as Smokey Robinson, Ben Vereen, Lou Rawls and Wayne Newton.
From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Catlin and a panel of area jazz educators will team up to hear 17 local school jazz bands from the Kansas City and Topeka areas. All the bands will perform three or four selections for the judges, receive critiques and ratings and attend a clinic led by one of the guest artists.